Regional Land Partnerships service providers, CSIRO, university researchers, TERN, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and other interested parties have started a three-year project that trials a new national Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) network. Its purpose is to better learn and appreciate the effectiveness of ecological management of ecosystem recovery from bushfires and weed invasions. It brings together the best minds of almost 200 scientists, policy makers and on-ground practitioners from all over Australia to share knowledge and learnings about the recovery of Australia’s diverse ecosystems to bushfires and weeds and the effectiveness of interventions to sustain recovery. Having the collective wisdom of Australia’s ecosystem science community working together to inform environmental decisions about our ecosystems is critical for the health of Australian ecosystems and the people who rely on them. The Ecosystem Science Council endorses this important initiative and is proud to have council members and members of our science community a part of the MER.